Termination of Female Genital Mutilation(TFGM) was started by Sister Ephigenia in Murang’a Catholic Diocese in 1999, and within four years, 4 districts had been reached in the Central Province of Kenya. By 2008, the program was expanded to an additional 8 districts in the Rift Valley Province. The project covers major areas of the Rift Valley and Central Province where FGM had taken root. NB. These provinces have further been split up into Counties after the implementation of the new constitution.
The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) is an international organization of Religious women in the Catholic Church that has over four centuries (400 years) of effective education of women and girls all over the world. The institute got legal status in Kenya in 1921. Its aim is to protect and promote the dignity and rights of the less served in the community, especially women and girls through faith and other works relevant to the times.
Loreto Sisters community is committed to:
- Education: The congregation runs the following schools Loreto Convent Msongari, Loreto Convent valley road, Loreto High School Limuru, and Loreto Convent Mombasa.
- Spiritual Ministries: Loreto Mary Ward Centre, is a center where spirituality and leadership is trained. There is Spiritual, Psychological, and Leadership development.
- Vocational Ministries: This is for the women who want to join the calling of the Loreto Sisters.
- Social Ministries: The initiation of the Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (TFGM) project was in 1998 as a response to frequent and disturbing reports in the media and elsewhere indicating how FGM poses health risks to and hinders the advancement of women, and young girls. The aim is: to save the girl-child from (FGM).
The project start-up was informed by extensive research undertaken by Sr. Dr. Ephigenia Gachiri, (Project Director) as well as representation of demographic data from the Population Council of Kenya. Key research findings at the time revealed that, out of 72 districts in Kenya, only 15 did not circumcise the girls. The Kenya Demographic survey of 2001 revealed that 34% of the women aged between 15 to 19 years were circumcised. The prevalence ranged from 0-100% in different parts of the country.